Consent to assess

Schools and providers need to apply for consent to assess any of the unit standards that we've developed. This page tells you all about what's involved in this process. 

So, you are planning to apply for consent to assess? There's a process involved, so it's helpful to get in touch with us as early as possible. We're here to help and can support you with getting the consent to assess scope you need. 

Any school or provider is welcome to apply for consent to assess through Skills Active.

But it's important to know that NZQA will ultimately be responsible for granting you consent to assess. You can find more information about NZQA's application process here.

Before you apply, to ensure you understand which unit standards you can apply for, please check out these two lists:

Choosing the right process

Skills Active has two processes for schools and providers seeking consent to assess, depending on the level of the unit standards.

If you want to assess unit standards at Level 1 and 2, first review the process. No fees apply.

If you want to assess unit standards at Level 3 or above,  first review the process. You can access the fee schedule here

Ready to apply? Great! You can download the application form here or in the list of documents below.

Meeting the requirements 

You need to be able to meet certain requirements to assess any of the standards registered with NZQA. Each standard has an associated Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR) document, which outlines the specific requirements for consent to assess that you'll need to be able to meet.

You can find CMR documents on the NZQA website.  

Find the Consent and Moderation Requirements (CMR) documents you're looking for, either in the list below, or by searching for the reference number here.

Ref: 0099 - for community recreation, environment, outdoor recreation and ngā mahi ā te rēhia, snowsport, sport, fitness, and diving 

Ref: 0102 – for outdoor recreation and ngā mahi ā te rēhia

Ref: 0069 – for fitness

Ref: 0180 – for diving

Ref: 0050 – for outdoor equipment, snowsport and diving 

As part of the NZQA application process, schools and providers also need to supply a letter of support from the relevant industry training organisation.

This letter shows that you meet the specific industry requirements and that you have the resources in place to effectively deliver and assess the unit standard(s).

Before we can give you a letter of support, we will need some information from you. We've listed this information below. 

Letter of support

Before we can provide a letter of  support, we need some information from you. This includes: 

  • Completed front page of the consent to assess application
  • Identified unit standards and/or domains for which you're seeking consent to assess
  • If required, evidence that those people assessing have the necessary qualifications, skills and knowledge to assess
  • Some evidence to support the application. For example, you can include excerpts from your QMS, letters of support from your stakeholders and information about your assessment options
  • Information about why you are seeking consent to assess, and an overview of how the unit standards will be used in your programme. 

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Schools and providers who have consent to assess any of our programmes need to participate in moderation to ensure consistent and fair assessment practice across the board.

Provider programme approval

This is for providers who need approval for a programme they have designed to fit with a qualification Skills Active has developed. 

Still wondering about something?

If you've got any questions, get in touch with the Quality Solutions team via  We're here to help you through the process.



Forms and documents